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  • Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism? FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. "We found that if the mom was taking folic acid during the window around conception, the risk associated with pesticides seemed to be attenuated," said study first author Rebecca Schmidt. "Mothers should try to avoid pesticides. But if they live near agriculture, where pestici...

  • Cancer Drugs' High Prices Not Justified by Cost of Development, Study Contends

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Cancer Drugs' High Prices Not Justified by Cost of Development, Study Contends TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Excusing the sky-high price tags of many new cancer treatments, pharmaceutical companies often blame high research and development (R&D) costs. But a new analysis, focused on 10 new cancer drugs, finds those costs may have been greatly exaggerated -- and the return on investment for drug companies is lucrative indeed. The study found that the typical R&D process for a new ca...

  • Clues to MS May Lurk in Gut Bacteria

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Clues to MS May Lurk in Gut Bacteria TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Certain types of bacteria in the gut may play a role in the progression of multiple sclerosis, according to researchers working with mice. The research, the study authors believe, could lead to new ways to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune neurodegenerative disease that affects about 2.5 million people worldwide. "The [gut] microbiome is very malleable," study senior author Sergio Baranzini said. "You could relat...

  • Could Swine Flu Be Linked to Type 1 Diabetes?

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Could Swine Flu Be Linked to Type 1 Diabetes? WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who've been infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus may be at increased risk for type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from all the 2.28 million people aged 30 and younger in Norway between June 2009 (when pandemic H1N1 flu struck the country) and June 2014. People who reported flu symptoms during the pandemic were 18 percent more likely to later be diagnosed with type 1 dia...

  • Can Coffee or Tea Extend Survival With Diabetes?

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Can Coffee or Tea Extend Survival With Diabetes? THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A diagnosis of diabetes comes with a long list of "don'ts." But new research suggests that coffee and tea probably shouldn't be off-limits because each may help prevent an early death. Well, at least if you're a woman with diabetes, that is. Men with diabetes didn't seem to reap the rewards of consuming caffeine in the new study. The research found that women with diabetes who had up to one regular cup of coffe...

  • Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Diabetes Risk?

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Diabetes Risk? THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A small Australian study suggests that consuming high amounts of artificial sweeteners might affect how the body responds to sugar -- and might raise a person's risk of diabetes. "This study supports the concept that artificial sweeteners could reduce the body's control of blood sugar levels," said lead author Richard Young, an associate professor at the University of Adelaide's medical school. High sweete...

  • Cutting the Fat From Your Favorite Brews

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Cutting the Fat From Your Favorite Brews MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether it's to get your day going, a way to curb your appetite, or just a taste you love, you might insist on your daily coffee fix. But depending on what you add to it, that cup of joe can easily skyrocket from zero calories into the hundreds. And that could be as much as a third of your daily allotment if you're dieting. You don't have to give up the coffee -- just rethink your drink. When choosing a blended drink, th...

  • Cancer Treatment Can Affect Your Food Preferences

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Cancer Treatment Can Affect Your Food Preferences TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer therapies often change patients' sense of taste, which may affect what they like to eat, according to a nutrition expert. "Increased taste sensitivities are more common than a muting of taste," said Catherine Carpenter, professor of clinical nutrition at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "Usually, the type of taste sensitivity encountered is one of a metallic nature." Changes in tastes often influe...

  • Caring for a Sick Pet Can Really Drain You

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Caring for a Sick Pet Can Really Drain You TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As much joy as a pet can bring to the life of its human, when a beloved dog or cat falls ill, the emotional toll can be high. In fact, caring for an ailing animal often ends up placing a significant "caregiver burden" on its owner, new research finds. "Think of the phrase, 'Giving until it hurts,'" said study author Mary Beth Spitznagel. Essentially, it's the heavy emotional burden one can experience when the act of c...

  • Can a Digital Doctor Help You Sleep?

    Posted: 09/19/2017

    Can a Digital Doctor Help You Sleep? THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been having trouble getting some sleep, a new online therapy program may help ease your insomnia, a new study says. The online program also reduced patients' rates of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations, the study found. "Getting our shut-eye can help improve psychological health. Sleeping well can help shift our blues, reduce our fears, and make us happier," said lead a...